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The Best Ape Movies  

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List Rules Movies must have apes or monkeys in them.

With moviegoers going bananas over Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, it only seems right to formulate a list of the best ape movies ever. Our primate relatives have starred in countless monkeylicious movies over the years. Some of these movies are CGI, some are animated and some are just 'regular' movies (What?! No IMAX 3D digital? The horror!). They all represent great cinematic achievements for these apes.

What are the best ape movies? What are some simian films? Sadly, there is no specific Oscar category for primates, but there should be! In the meantime, let's show these monkeys, orangutans, capuchins and gorillas a little love by giving them a place of honor on this list of the best ape movies ever. Did your favorite not make the list? No problem - just add it!
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Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman
Outbreak is a 1995 American medical disaster film directed by Wolfgang Petersen and based on Richard Preston's non-fiction book The Hot Zone. The film stars Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, and ...more
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bojanthebest added Clint Eastwood, Glen Campbell, Ruth Gordon
Any Which Way You Can is a 1980 American action comedy film, starring Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, William Smith, and Ruth Gordon. It is directed by Buddy Van Horn. The film is ...more
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pmmom38 added Emma Roberts, Pat Morita, Debra Jo Rupp
Minkey, a super-spy primate, and his partner Mike were the two best spies in the business. For years, they made every mission possible... But when Mike retired to raise his baby girl, Amelia, he ...more
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pmmom38 added Phil Collins, John Goodman, Haley Joel Osment
The Jungle Book 2 is a 2003 American-Australian animated musical film produced by DisneyToon Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution. The theatrical version of ...more
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RaheelBudha added Kevin Zegers, Dave Thomas, Jamie Renée Smith
MVP: Most Valuable Primate is a 2000 feature film that sparked the MVP franchise. The film's title character, Jack, is a chimpanzee.
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pmmom38 added Jim Caviezel, Matt LeBlanc, Tommy Lasorda
Ed the Chimpanzee deserves a spot on this best ape movies list - not because the 1996 movie 'Ed' is a wonder to behold, but because Ed is! Yes, this chimp starts out as a mere baseball team mascot, but quickly becomes a stellar third baseman - one of the best, in fact. Ed definitely overshadows his co-star, Matt Le Blanc, with ease. Monkeys, baseball and that guy from 'Friends' - win, win and win. Ed is a 1996 American sports comedy film about a talented baseball pitcher and his friendly ball-playing chimpanzee as his team's mascot.
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but chickens double d added Robert Douglas, Denny Miller, Joanna Barnes
Tarzan, the Ape Man is a 1959 action adventure film starring Denny Miller as Tarzan, Joanna Barnes as Jane, Cesare Danova, and Robert Douglas. The movie is loosely based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' ...more
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but chickens double d added John Cleese, Julie Benz, Michael Clarke Duncan
George of the Jungle 2 is the 2003 direct-to-video sequel of the 1997 Disney film George of the Jungle. It was directed by David Grossman, written by Jordan Moffet, and stars Thomas Haden ...more
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chicosh added Danny DeVito, Tony Danza, Jessica Walter
Tony Danza inherits three orangutans. In order to collect his full inheritance, he has to make sure the apes stay safe and well cared for for three years. Going Ape! is a 1981 comedy film directed by Jeremy Joe Kronsberg and produced by Paramount Pictures. The original music score was composed by Elmer Bernstein. This film starred Tony Danza as ...more
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DaeLassiter added Ariana Grande, Christopher Lloyd, David Spade
'Snowflake, the White Gorilla' is a 2011 Spanish live action film directed by Andrés G. Schaer. The film depicts the fictional childhood of the white gorilla Snowflake. The English dub of ...more
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punksnotdead added Val Kilmer, Ian McShane, Boris Karloff
Murders in the Rue Morgue is a pre-Code 1932 horror film, loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Murders in the Rue Morgue." Bela Lugosi portrays a lunatic scientist who ...more
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Lon Harris added Anna Thomson, Armando Silvestre, José Elías Moreno
Night of the Bloody Apes is the title of the 1972 English language version of the 1969 Mexican horror film La Horripilante bestia humana, also known as Horror y sexo and as Gomar—The Human ...more
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punksnotdead added Anthony Hopkins, Kim Cattrall, Cuba Gooding Jr.
Instinct is a 1999 American psychological thriller film starring Anthony Hopkins, Cuba Gooding Jr., George Dzundza, Donald Sutherland, and Maura Tierney. It was very loosely inspired by Ishmael, ...more
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Lon Harris added Joanna Kerns, Alex Nicol, Rod Arrants
Ape is a 1976 monster movie. It was an American/South Korean co-production produced by Kukje Movies and the Lee Ming Film Co. and Worldwide Entertainment with 3-D effects. Directed by Paul Leder ...more
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pmmom38 added Harvey Keitel, Thora Birch, Mimi Rogers
Monkey Trouble is a 1994 comedy film directed by Franco Amurri and starring Thora Birch.
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PeteBoyle added Ronald Reagan, Diana Lynn, Walter Slezake
Bedtime for Bonzo is a 1951 comedy film directed by Frederick de Cordova, starring future U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Diana Lynn. It revolves around the attempts of the central character, ...more